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Here’s a recap of the interesting points and miles news from this week:
500 Bonus Southwest Points: If you have a Southwest credit card like the personal or business Rapid Rewards Premier cards you can earn 500 bonus points when you make a purchase with it through the Rapid Rewards Shopping portal by December 31, 2012. Only one bonus per Rapid Rewards cardmember account. Shopping portals are a great way to earn bonus points on purchases anyway, so if you were going to buy something through Southwest’s portal, you might as well get even more of a bonus, and even if you weren’t but you have one of their credit cards, you could always try to find something super cheap to buy just to get the bonus.
100 Free TrueBlue Points with Road to Rewards Promotion: Now through December 22, 2012, JetBlue is offering TrueBlue members the chance to win 100 Free TrueBlue points when liking JetBlue on Facebook. In addition, you’ll have the chance to win other prizes such as 10,000 TrueBlue points, 5,000 TrueBlue points, 2,500 TrueBlue points, 1,000 TrueBlue points or 500 TrueBlue points. There will also be a grand prize winner of 100,000 TrueBlue points. To enter, head over to Facebook, and enter with your email address and JetBlue account information. Also for entering, you may receive an email for a 10% code for a future JetBlue flight. Then, you will be able to play the spin to win game and see if you are a instant winner. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the Promotion.
Save up to 50% with Hilton Friends and Family Rates: Hilton is offering a 50% discount for stays now through January 7th, 2013. You’ll save 50% at Waldorf Astoria, Conrad, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites, and Hilton Grand Vacations and 30% off at Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites. All these stays would be eligible to earn Hilton HHonors Points. While this is a friends and family, it is available to the public regardless of if you know anyone that works for Hilton or not. Rates are subject to availability, so the full discount might not be available on all dates during the promo period, but if your plans are flexible, check around to see if there are any dates that work for you at the properties you’re interested in. If you have holiday travel plans coming up and are still in need of a hotel room, then be sure to check out these rates as they could save you a nice chunk of change.
1,500 Delta SkyMiles For Purchasing Bose Headphones: Bose is giving away 1500 SkyMiles with the purchase of Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. The retail price for these headphones is $299.95. You must book through the link to earn the bonus miles. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for SkyMiles to be posted to your Delta SkyMiles account. As aside note, I own the Bose QC15 headphones and don’t travel without them. These are a great gift idea for the frequent traveler in your life. Even if you are sitting near a screaming baby, these bad boys will drown-out most noise. Sometimes I even sleep with them on with no music just to drown out ambient cabin noise. Overall, they are one of the few items I don’t travel without.
40% off Everything at the W Hotel Store: Currently, The W Hotel Store, is offering 40% off on everything in the store including the mattresses which are one of my personal favorite hotel beds. The great thing is the mattress comes with a 10-year warranty, and there is free shipping on the mattresses. You can choose between ordering just a mattress or a mattress with box spring. The store also sells the W Feather Bed for those who really want to invest in a high-end sleeping experience. Besides the beds, you can also buy W Hotel bedding which is featured in the different hotels, apparel, electronics, books, bathroom amenities and travel accessories. As a reminder, if you use your Starwood Amex, you will earn double Starpoints on this purchase. Just enter the code W4K9X at check out and the discount will be applied. (Hat Tip: Dan’s Deals)
Triple Choice Privileges Points: Book at ChoiceHotels.com or 800.4CHOICE and after your second stay with arrival between December 13, 2012 and February 20, 2013 you’ll earn triple Choice Privileges points with every qualifying stay up to a total of 50,000 points. Corporate travelers can book through a travel agent or corporate booking system, Elite Diamond and Elite Platinum members can book directly with a hotel, however if they book through ChoiceHotels.com these members will receive 100 additional Choice Privileges points with every qualifying stay. Just be sure to register before your first stay. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.